Guidebook

Mid-Winter MTB: Best Colorado Trails for Finding Dry Dirt

Yearning to ride dry dirt in Colorado, even during the depths of winter? Try looking up the latest conditions for the trails in this guidebook!

Description

When most people think about Colorado in the winter, their minds instantly envision soaring snowcapped mountain peaks and endless ski slopes. But what local mountain bikers know that many other people don’t realize, is just how incredibly diverse the state of Colorado is! If you prefer to pedal singletrack instead of slide on snow, even in mid-winter you can usually find dry trails to ride in this mountainous state.

Many of the best trails accessible in a day trip from the Colorado Front Range are found in the Banana Belt of Colorado. Colorado’s Banana Belt runs from the town of Buena Vista down the Arkansas River Valley all the way to Pueblo. All the way along this belt, you’ll find singletrack that stays shockingly dry almost all winter long. Out of all these trails, the singletrack at Lake Pueblo State Park is arguably the most dependable mid-winter ride in the state! Here, I've included two route options: one for riders who want to get gnarly, and another for riders who want to log some training miles.

Add in a couple extra-sunny trails in Denver itself and a few classics in the Grand Valley, and if you can’t find a dry trail to ride… well, there’s always fat biking!

Lake Pueblo State Park XC Trails
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lake Pueblo State Park XC Trails

51.0 km
695 m
695 m
Amp up your spring training on Pueblo's miles and miles of XC singletrack.
Moderate
Private
Lake Pueblo State Park Tech Trails
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lake Pueblo State Park Tech Trails

12.9 km
266 m
266 m
Knock the rust off your bike handling skills in the spring on these gnarly descents.
Severe
Private
South Canon Trails
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

South Canon Trails

Canon City
36.4 km
879 m
878 m
A diverse network with trails for all riders from beginner to advanced, the easy accessibility from town to such a big trail network is astonishing!
Difficult
Private
Oil Well Flats
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Oil Well Flats

Canon City
22.5 km
452 m
450 m
Flowy bike-optimized singletrack trails filled with chunky, technical rock sections lead to an incredible overlook on top of Island in the Sky.
Difficult
Private
Green Mountain/Rooney Valley Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Green Mountain/Rooney Valley Loop

Denver
8.5 km
283 m
283 m
Quick ride to the top of Green Mountain, then back down on fun and scenic trails.
Moderate
Private
Arkansas Hills Tech Ride: Unkle Nazty and Sand Dunes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Arkansas Hills Tech Ride: Unkle Nazty and Sand Dunes

Salida
12.6 km
433 m
433 m
A rowdy collection of the original tech trails in the Arkansas Hills.
Extreme
Private
Arkansas Hills Flow Ride
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Arkansas Hills Flow Ride

Salida
13.6 km
341 m
341 m
Get into a flow state on the newest singletrack trails in the Arkansas Hills Trail System!
Moderate
Private
Lunch Loops
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lunch Loops

Grand Junction
19.9 km
523 m
523 m
While easily accessible from the town of Grand Junction, the Lunch Loops provide rocky, technical singletrack to challenge even the best of mountain bikers.
Severe
Private
Horsethief Bench
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Horsethief Bench

Fruita
12.9 km
286 m
286 m
Horsethief Bench is the most famous trail in the Kokopelli Trail System, primarily because of its uber-gnarly drop down to the main trail. The views are spectacular as well!
Extreme
Private
Dakota Ridge Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dakota Ridge Loop

Denver
12.4 km
387 m
387 m
One of the most technical trails on the Colorado Front Range—an enduro rider's dream!
Extreme
Private
Mary's -> Steve's -> Wrangler's Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mary's -> Steve's -> Wrangler's Loop

Fruita
20.7 km
401 m
401 m
An incredibly-scenic intermediate-friendly ride through the Kokopelli Loops.
Difficult
Private